American Literature Area at PCA 2021

deadline for submissions: 
November 16, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Corey Taylor / Popular Culture Association (PCA)
contact email: 

The American Literature Area of the Popular Culture Association invites submissions for our National Conference, to be held June 2-5, 2021 at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, MA.

The area seeks to represent the diversity and vibrancy of American literature and literary studies. We accept presentations about works in any genre(s) of American literature, from the colonial era to the twenty-first century. We welcome a range of critical approaches: For instance, papers may consider literary representations, explore historical implications (and their impact on the present), offer theoretical readings, draw thematic parallels, and/or adopt other interpretive paradigms. The area also encourages proposals that examine intersections of American literature and popular culture—such as film, music, television, theater, visual arts, and fashion—and those that analyze race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and national and individual identity in American literature.

Please submit an abstract of 200-250 words by November 16, 2020 through the PCA submission database, which can be found on the organization’s website: Decisions pertaining to the status of proposals will be communicated by the area chair within two weeks of receipt. Submissions will only be accepted through the PCA website. Individuals must be current, paid members to submit to the conference. 

If you would like more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the American Literature Area Chair:

Corey M. Taylor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English and Associate Department Head

Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

5500 Wabash Avenue, CM 91

Terre Haute, IN 47803-3920